Midweek chart update: The Gaslight Anthem challenge Ed Sheeran for Number One spot

'Get Hurt' is just a few thousand sales behind Sheeran's second album 'x'

The Gaslight Anthem are competing with Ed Sheeran in the race for this week’s Number One on the Official UK Albums Chart.

Sheeran is currently ahead of ‘Get Hurt’ by the US band at today’s midweek stage and is on course to spend his eighth straight week at the top with his second album ‘X.’ The final chart placings will be revealed on BBC Radio 1 on Sunday (August 17).

‘Get Hurt’ is The Gaslight Anthem’s fifth studio effort and sees the band move away from the Springsteen-influenced sound heard on their first four releases.

Speaking about the change in sound the band have undergone during the making of the LP, frontman Brian Fallon recently told NME: “You get a realisation at some point in your career that whatever it is you do, you can no longer continue to do it. You just realise you can’t put out the same records forever.”

Elsewhere in the Official Album Chart, The Saturdays have the next highest new entry with their greatest hits collection ‘Finest Selection’ while Britain’s Got Talent duo Richard & Adam are new at Number Eight. Other new entries are due from FKA Twigs (12), Sinead O’Connor (14), Grant Nicholas (15) and Loveable Rogues (22).

Meanwhile, the Number One spot on the Official Singles Chart could go to Kiesza, whose new single ‘Giant In My Heart’ is new at Number Three. ‘Giant In My Heart’ is the follow up to ‘Hideaway’, which hit the top spot in the Singles Chart earlier this year.

Further new entries on this week’s Official Singles Chart at the midweek stage come from Rizzle Kicks (8), The Saturdays (17) and Twin Atlantic (33).